How to Break a Terrorist The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-19
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Finding Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, had long been the U.S. military's top prioritytrumping even the search for Osama bin Laden. No brutality was spared in trying to squeeze intelligence from Zarqawi's suspected associates. But these "force on force" techniques yielded exactly nothing, and, in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, the military rushed a new breed of interrogator to Iraq. Matthew Alexander, a former criminal investigator and head of a handpicked interrogation team, gives us the first inside look at the U.S. military's attempt at more civilized interrogation techniquesand their astounding success.Matthew and his team decided to get to know their opponents. Who were these monsters? Who were they working for? Every day the "'gators" matched wits with a rogues' gallery of suspects brought in by Special Forces: egomaniacs, bloodthirsty adolescents, opportunistic stereo repairmen, Sunni clerics horrified by the sectarian bloodbath, al Qaeda fanatics, and good people in the wrong place at the wrong time.This account is an unputdownable thrillermore of a psychological suspense story than a war memoirand a reminder that we don't have to become our enemy to defeat him.

Author Biography

Matthew Alexander has served for more than eighteen years in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. He has personally conducted more than three hundred interrogations and supervised more than a thousand. He is the author of Kill or Capture. John R. Bruning is the author or coauthor of eight books, including Mouse to House by David Bellavia.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Prologue The Golden Domep. 1
The 'Gator Pitp. 17
The Skeletonp. 29
The Jovial Imamp. 40
Love of Familyp. 44
The Convenient Car Bombp. 50
The Burning Housep. 61
Coming Into Focusp. 69
Fracturesp. 73
The Other Side of the Housep. 84
The Group of Fivep. 88
The Second Wifep. 106
A Life for Redemptionp. 121
Preacher of Hatep. 140
The Blue BMWp. 149
The Devil's Choicep. 160
Going in Circlesp. 169
Cat and Mousep. 173
The Leaderp. 178
Fault Linesp. 183
The Eyes of Fatimap. 192
The Return to the Other Side of the Housep. 201
Terrorist Folliesp. 203
The Media Manp. 212
A Visit from the Bossp. 219
A Slipp. 222
Dice Bollp. 229
A Single, Empty Handp. 223
Six Hoursp. 241
The Duelp. 248
A Chance for Unityp. 258
Treasonp. 262
The Secret Dealp. 266
Stasisp. 271
The Unknown Imamp. 275
The Seventh of Junep. 277
Epilogue: Killing the Hydrap. 280
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